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What Can Be Done?

Hunger caused by a crisis, such as an earthquake, a cyclone, or drought, requires emergency food aid. It is this kind of crisis that grabs the headlines and elicits calls for massive influx of aid. However, the more pernicious form of hunger is chronic malnutrition. Chronic malnutrition strikes larger populations, disables more bodies, and claims more lives  than episodic disasters. Yet because it is a persistent state of affairs, outside professional relief circles it receives far too little attention.

Chronic malnutrition results when a diet provides insufficient calories and lacks the vital micro-nutrients essential to a healthy and productive life.

Alleviating chronic malnutrition involves two main components:

  • a diet that supplies the necessary nutrients;
  • training, education, and other opportunities for escaping poverty.

“Education” means teaching people about nutrition and showing them how to cultivate crops that will meet their nutritional needs. “Opportunity” means lifting people out from poverty by giving them the chance to uplift themselves.

Agriculture is the lifeblood for billions of people around the world, yet it is agrarian populations that suffer most from poverty and chronic hunger. The road out from poverty is not creating more urban jobs, which leads to exploding mega-cities, but improving conditions for farmers, especially small-scale farmers who depend on their yields to feed their families and sell their surplus on the markets. What farmers need most are land tenure, access to water, tools, better seeds, training in simple agricultural technologies, and greater access to markets to sell their produce. 

Our Projects

BGR projects are designed to provide direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, to promote ecologically sustainable agriculture, to support the education of girls and women, and to give women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. This is a selection of our newest projects. To see all our projects, please click here.


Bangladesh NEW

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR MARRIED ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Help fund vocational training for 200 married adolescent girls so they can pursue alternative opportunities and shape their own futures. »


Brazil  NEW

SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AMONG GUARANI WOMEN
Support women from the indigenous Guarani Mbya community in promoting and applying traditional agricultural practices in five villages in São Paulo. »


Cambodia NEW

MONITORING THE WELFARE OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN PRISON
Provide food and hygiene materials for women and infants living in 18 Cambodian prisons, plagued by squalid conditions. »


Cameroon   NEW

EDUCATION OF ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN - COMPUTER LITERACY
Provide 120 children in need with school furniture, literacy materials, and computers. » »


Haiti

FOOD PROGRAM FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN
Provide two meals a day, five days a week, to approximately 100 children and 40 adults. » 


India   NEW

EDUCATION AND FOOD AID FOR CHILDREN IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Help in providing three healthy meals a day, seven days a week, to 240 students. » 


Malawi and Kenya

TRAINING FARMERS IN CLIMATE RESISTANT AGRICULTURE METHODS
Training in biointensive climate-resilient farming to increase food production for 450 farmers, of whom 300 are women. » 


Peru   NEW

HELPING GIRLS IMPROVE THEIR NUTRITION, WELL-BEING, AND SCHOOLING
Improve the physical and emotional well-being of 30 young women by funding school supplies and providing workshops on the importance of education, hygiene, and a healthy diet. »


Sri Lanka  NEW

LIVELIHOOD TRAINING FOR DISABLED PEOPLE
Provide vocational training and work opportunities for 60 disabled people in the Anuradhabura district. » 



Sudan

INCREASING HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY IN SOUTH DARFUR
Provide agricultural training and supplies to an estimated 3,000 individuals, increasing food production by 30 percent. »

 

Uganda NEW

PEACE SCHOOL
Provide assistance to 12 students to attend school. »

U.S. Easton, Pennsylvania

EASTON URBAN FARM
Provide 6,000 pounds of locally grown produce to 800 low-income residents, 600 of them women. Build community through programs including free monthly workshops on urban farming topics. »